'Star Wars: Episode 7' -- Just How Involved Will George Lucas Be in the New Trilogy?

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While we wait patiently (ever so patiently...) for a director to finally be named to helm 'Star Wars: Episode 7', we must look elsewhere to feed our 'Star Wars' hunger.

George Lucas will certainly do nicely! Ever since the news broke that the man would be on board in an advisory role during the development of 'Episode 7' (and beyond), most of us have been wondering just how connected he will be. To hear Lucas tell it, he's just sort of going to be hanging around, waiting for people to ask him something.

During an interview with Access Hollywood, Lucas was asked what his duties will be on the upcoming trilogy. His response might reveal just how much -- or little, as it were -- he will be involved.

[If the filmmakers ask],‘Who’s this guy?’ I can tell them... I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.’

No one is doubting Lucas' knowledge of the immense fictional world he created. Need a name of a particular obscure character or planetary system? George is the guy to go to. But what else is he going to contribute?

Basically I’m not — I don’t really have much to do.

Interesting to read, as one would think Lucas would have carte blanche on these projects. Even though he has obviously stepped aside for the most part, you'd believe his counsel and advise is going to be sought out. And that still may be the case, of course, but it's telling to learn that Lucas' expectations aren't high for contributing much to the new movies.

You have to wonder how he truly feels about that. Let us know what you think of this news in the comments.

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